Into the secret life of otters

South Uist provides a very good chance of finding one or more otters as well as numerous Harbour Seals.

Experience overview

  • Magnificent views and setting
  • Guided throughout 
  • Otters, seals and more
  • Spring, Summer & Autumn
  • Max 4 people
  • On request only
  • Included in a three night stay at Uist Forest Retreat
  • Half day out in the field
  • Professional guide, and transfers


A day in the field

Visiting a variety of sites from coastal sea lochs and inlets to the exposed westerly coast and freshwater lochs provides ideal habitat for them, as most of their activity takes place in tidal lochs where food is most abundant. 

A stop at one of the most scenic and most reliable sites in all of the islands, in South Uist provides a very good chance of finding one or more otters as well as numerous Harbour Seals and both White-tailed and Golden Eagles as an added bonus. 

We’ll also visit a nearby but much more exposed coastal location on the west side of South Uist where we’ll be able to examine signs for recent activity as the area is crossed with runs and spraint sites that are used to demark their territory and strategic areas within. 

A superb location nearby is a freshwater loch which acts as a run for both salmon and trout making it attractive to both fisherman and our target species; the otters. Here there are also lots of signs that we can examine for recent activity, which once learned will come in useful if searching for otters in the future in other areas. 

We’ll move on to Benbecula which is often overlooked for the rich wildlife it supports where even the tidal channel behind the co-op store occasionally holds an otter or two. 

It’s a full day out that will provide you with the skills to identify signs of otter activity as well as the knowledge of how and where best to find them; and maybe some nice digital memories of the animals’ themselves.

"Staring into a Scottish landscape, I have often asked myself why – in spite of all appearances – bracken, rocks, man and sea are at some level one."

- Hugh MacDiarmid